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ERIC Number: EJ1023643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Perspectives on Self-Directed Learning
Douglass, Carolinda; Morris, Sherrill R.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v14 n1 p13-25 Feb 2014
Undergraduate student perspectives regarding specific factors associated with self-directed learning were collected through eight focus groups. A total of 80 upperclassmen provided input revealing three emergent themes in the focus groups responses: (1) Student-Controlled, (2) Faculty-Controlled, and (3) Administration-Controlled Facilitators and Barriers to promoting self-directed learning. Students acknowledged much of their learning was within their control. However, they did note that faculty and administrators have a significant impact on their desire and ability to learn. In an effort to empower students to direct their own learning processes the results of this study have been integrated into campus assessment initiatives including the development of a student organization to provide a consistent, student-led forum for students to voice their opinions and concerns about their learning processes and assessment.
Descriptors: Independent Study, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Barriers, Facilitators (Individuals), Curriculum Design, Classroom Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Resources, Incentives, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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